A day in Saint-Malo, Bretagne

When I discovered that an overnight ferry could take me to the heart of France's Brittany region, I knew that I had to do it. Being a city known for its port, I was interested to see what Saint-Malo offered beyond this, and I'm pleased to say that the answer was a lot more!  Read on to hear and see my impressions of 12 hours' worth of wandering around this city!

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Piers McEwantravel, TravelComment
Amsterdam = Allure

It was the kind of flight home where you spend the whole time debating the merits of moving to the city you've just visited.  Thinking up career options, seeing yourself in a new apartment, persuading yourself that the finances could work. 

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Piers McEwanTravelComment
Travelshorts - Herding Cattle in the Charente

I braked, hard.  The contents of the shopping bag throwing themselves to the floor. Baguettes, cheese, saucissons, and a selection of local vegetables - all now splayed haphazardly at the foot of the passenger seat.

This wasn’t for a red light, though, nor for a slow tractor crawling up a steep incline. It was for a calloused hand outstretched in the universal symbol for ‘stop’!  I watched on as the gentleman before me sent out a barrage of whistles, before waving his hands frantically, in the universal gesture for ‘let’s go’!

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Lessons from the court ('The Things I Learn' Series)

I recently returned to the racket sport of squash after roughly a year out.  There’s a hell of a lot to it, which is it’s main appeal to me; fitness, technique, decision making and the reading of your opponent amongst others.  All of these facets, though, take place in a little box of a court and at high speeds, so it can be somewhat challenging and often stressful.  After a few games back, I've come to realise that so many of the pointers I take from a squash match can easily be transposed into various arenas of my life and vice versa.  Here are a few of the things I took away from a recent game and their importance off the court too:

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